October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The job market weakened in September amid a slowdown in key growth engines such as healthcare and leisure - a worrisome sign given that the employment picture probably worsened this month with the partial federal government shutdown. Employers last month added a modest 148,000 net new jobs, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was down from an upwardly revised job growth of 193,000 in August, and well below analysts' forecasts for about 180,000 new jobs in September.
October 21, 2013 |
About the only thing the Lakers achieved in seven seconds or less last season was making their coach regret saying his team should "easily" average 110-115 points per game when he took the job. "Yeah, well, I was on drugs back then," Mike D'Antoni said Monday with a chuckle, referring to the pain medication he was taking while recovering from knee surgery. "My knee was hurting. Vicodin was killing me. " The Lakers didn't exactly die a slow death on the court in a season that fell far short of expectations, averaging 102.2 points (sixth in the NBA)
October 14, 2013 |
Since losing their opener at Colorado, the Ducks have won four straight games and have matched the best start in club history with eight points. But if last season should teach them anything, it's that how you finish is more important than how you start. The Ducks lost only twice in regulation in their first 16 games and peaked at 22-3-4 after beating the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks on March 20. Their subsequent letdown was dramatic: They were 8-9-2 to finish the lockout-shortened season and, although they were first in the Pacific Division and seeded No. 2 in the West, their first-round playoff loss to the hitting-their-stride Detroit Red Wings wasn't much of an upset.
October 8, 2013 |
It won't be difficult locating Clay Helton on USC's sideline Thursday night. When the Trojans play Arizona in the first game since Lane Kiffin's firing, Helton will be the coach holding a play-call sheet, though not the laminated, jumbo-sized aid Kiffin relied upon. "I'll have something," Helton says. "I don't think it will be huge. " Helton, the titled offensive coordinator since the start of the season, finally gets his opportunity to live the part. The Trojans' quarterbacks coach for three-plus seasons will call plays for the first time since 2009, when he directed an up-tempo offense at Memphis.
October 7, 2013 |
October is the month of triple-crown TV viewing. It's playoff time. Nothing better than a couch, a beer and a big-screen TV. To steal from the long-ago "Saturday Night Live" eloquence of Chico Escuela, "Baseball been berry, berry good to us. " Sure, for many, this is football season. But though that is a wonderful game, packed with action and excitement on the college and pro levels, TV has paid for the right to ruin it and is doing just that. The games have more stops than a police drunk-driving checkpoint.
October 5, 2013 |
We see one side of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck - the maturity, athleticism and solid decision-making. His backup, veteran Matt Hasselbeck, has an inside perspective on Luck, and knows the challenge of attempting to keep pace both mentally and physically with last year's No. 1 pick from Stanford. "There's no doubt to me that Andrew's going to be one of the great players of all time," said Hasselbeck, who backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay and is the only quarterback to lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- According to one report, the manufacturing sector expanded in September at its fastest pace since early 2011, an indication that economic growth is picking up in the second half of the year. The Institute for Supply Management's closely watched purchasing managers index increased to 56.2 last month, from 55.7 in August, the group said Tuesday. A reading above 50 indicates that the sector is expanding. The September figure was the best since April 2011. QUIZ: How well do you understand the Fed stimulus?
September 27, 2013 |
So the German people have spoken, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected. That means the European Union will continue to be a tortoise. Next May, following the European Parliament elections, we will discover just how slow and unhappy a creature it is. Then, across the next decade, a larger, Aesopian question will be posed: Can the European tortoise outrun the American eagle and the Chinese dragon? Or can it at least keep pace with them? Resounding though Mutti ("Mom") Merkel's election victory was, Germany's new government still has to be formed.
September 23, 2013 |
Success has finally caught up with Universal's Horror Nights as the gold standard of Halloween theme park events has grown too predictable, complacent and popular for its own good. After years of defining and redefining the bleeding edge of theme park terror, a combination of overwhelming crowds, shrinking space due to construction and a weak collection of haunted mazes delivered a triple whammy to Halloween Horror Nights this year at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Crowds have become an increasing problem as Horror Nights has grown in popularity, but this year was unbearable.